A UofM student created a guide for students at UofM that don't have a lot of money on how to find deals, get good jobs on campus, etc.. You can find her guide here - LINK.
I certainly wasn't poor, but I wasn't rich either. I often meet fellow UofM graduates and as we talk they rattle off a dozen or so of their favorite Ann Arbor establishments and I always feel a bit ridiculous as I never have been on the inside of most or even all of the places that they go on and on about.
I simply couldn't afford to eat out a lot.
About 20 years ago when I was living in West Quad they didn't serve dinners on Sunday evenings. So my roommate and I would grab loose change and walk up State Street to a place that I think was called "State Street Liquor," because they had a special on Sundays where you could buy an entire extra large cheese pizza for like $5. We would pour the free crushed red pepper seeds all over it in the store and then take it back to the dorm room. I thought it was pretty good and it was a lot of food...half the pizza could stuff me and for just $2.50.
Does anyone have any other tips for those currently at UofM that don't have a lot of money?